COLUMBUS (WCMH) — No. 7 Ohio State will look to build on the momentum of its win over Rutgers and its return to the Associated Press top 10 on Saturday against Maryland.
Coach Ryan Day spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon. You can watch his comments in the player above.
The Buckeyes (4-1) defeated the Scarlet Knights 52-31 on the road Saturday. Quarterback C.J. Stroud returned from injury to pass for 330 yards and five touchdowns. And the defense made three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
The game against Maryland (4-1), at Ohio Stadium, is scheduled to kick off at noon.
The Terps are coming off a lopsided 51-14 loss to No. 3 Iowa in which Maryland turned the ball over seven times. Ohio State’s defense has thrived on forcing turnovers and have recorded a touchdown in four of its five games this season.
Maryland will be without its star wide receiver Dontay Demus Jr. who will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, Terps coach Mike Locksley announced Tuesday.
As for injuries at Ohio State, Day said cornerback Cam Brown has dealt with head injuries throughout his career and is currently dealing with another one right now. Freshman Denzel Burke continues to step up as one of the Buckeyes starting cornerbacks and recorded his first career interception last week, which he returned for a touchdown.
Day also added running back TreVeyon Henderson is “good to go” for this week’s game after sitting out in the second half against Rutgers.
The win over Rutgers was OSU’s best all-around performance this season but Day said last week’s win doesn’t matter anymore with the Terps coming to town.
“We had one good week but now we’ve got to do it again,” Day said. “We’ve got to prove we can do it again.”
The Buckeyes face a Maryland squad that ranks first in the Big Ten and tied for 8th in the country in sacks per game.
“They [Maryland] have one of the more talented front 7s in the Big Ten and maybe all of college football” — Ohio State left tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere said.